Los Angeles Youth First Tobacco Coalition (LAYFTC) and Culver City Youth First Tobacco Coalition (CCYFTC)
In response to the youth e-cigarette epidemic where 6,100 children now begin vaping every day, KYCC’s Tobacco Task Force launched the Break Free from Nicotine Campaign in Los Angeles and Culver City. The campaign aims to empower youth and young adults in the community to not only “break free” from tobacco use but to advocate for tobacco prevention policies in their community and help keep their peers free from tobacco-related harms. Our ongoing Los Angeles Youth First Tobacco Coalition (LAYFTC) and Culver City Youth First Tobacco Coalition (CCYFTC) were both born out of campaign efforts.
Our local coalitions advocate for stronger tobacco retail license provisions to be implemented in the community in order to reduce youth access to flavored tobacco products. Coalition members implement various community organizing activities including the following: running letter-writing campaigns to support stronger tobacco control policies, conducting educational presentations to raise awareness on tobacco control issues, collecting survey data to document public opinion, meeting with local media and elected officials to inform about these issues, and creating media and art advocacy projects.